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An inspirational magazine for the stylish and spirited girl

SPRINGTIME

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Hello...

CHARLEDY BEAR

FANNI WILLIAMS

spring is just around the corner and it’s without doubt a dashing girl’s favourite time of year. this issue we’ve come over ‘all pretty’ – influenced by all things pastel and floral as we take you to pastel paradise in our inspiration shoot and show you how to do a fab floral arrangement for just £15! we can’t believe we are working on issue 4 already, and we very much love to hear from you - dashing girls are our inspiration so do get in touch if you’d like to be featured E submissions@dashingmag.com oh, I JOS HENDRICK and if you do one thing today make sure you head over to our goody bag giveaway for a chance to win some treats!

illustration: gemma milly

with love...dashing

this month:

charley beard

Charley is getting to grips with her new found shorter locks and is enjoying painting her toes a minty shade of green.

www.london-bride.com

xxx

josie hendrick

fanni williams

More than ready for the spring weather, learning more about her now-not-so-new camera and getting back in those skinnies after Dashing baby is born!

Looking to dust off the good ol faithful sewing machine and adding to the wardrobe by making something cute for spring/summer!

www.savoirweddings.com

www.fanniwilliams.com

www.fubumedia.co.uk

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CONTEN 003 EDITOR’S LETTER

a warm welcome from the dashing collective

006 CONTRIBUTORS

people stepping out in style to start their day

012 KITCHEN KITSCH LOOKBOOK

the talented folk involved in this issue

from pretty vintage pieces to retro pops of colour

007 READER LOVE

014 ETSY EXHIBIT

your lovely comments from facebook and twitter

dashing’s favourite finds

026 inked up body art

tattoos with a difference

030 PASTEL PARADISE

we delve into the pastel colour palette

037 PASTEL LOOKBOOK spring’s hottest pastel buys

016 THAT’S SO DASHING

038 JUST MY TYPE

enjoying life’s moments

we’re not just about expensive things!

typographic inspiration from dan cassaro

010 BLOG LOVIN’

024 READER GIVEAWAY

044 COLOUR ME PRETTY

008 THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

the best of blog world this month

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011 DASHING OUT

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win this selection of fabulous goodies

bold & lush illustration from jessica singh


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050 FLORAL BEAUTY

spring fashion by ella ruth cowperthwaite

056 FRESHLY PICKED

diy floral arrangement for £15!

060 BAKE-A-BOO

the recipe for a successful business

064 KNICKERBOCKER GLORY ohh la la handmade lingerie

068 HOW TO HAIR: BACKCOMBING tease me, tease me

070 HOW TO HAIR: 60s BOUFFANT the ultimate chic 60s up do

074 FAVOURITE SHOP

our readers discover london’s hidden gems

078 DASHING DISCOVERS spring break!

084 DASHING BABES

what’s in a name?

085 FABRIC HOOPS

whole lot of hoopla

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dashing

march | april | issue 003

An inspirational magazine for the stylish and spirited girl

SPRINGTIME

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Cover Photography: Fanni Williams Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van Eeden Model: Madison Coupland

dashing magazine is brought to you by:

co - editors Charley Beard charley@dashingmag.com Josie Hendrick josie@dashingmag.com

creative director & photographer Fanni Williams fanni@dashingmag.com

submissions submissions@dashingmag.com DISCLAIMER: The views of the contributors are not necessarily shared by that of the publishers. Unsolicited manuscripts, submissions, artwork are accepted on the understanding that the publishers incur no liability for their storage or return. Unsolicited content submitted for use in dashing will be decided upon at the discretion of the publishers. The contents of this magazine are fully protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without our permission. All prices listed are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change anytime at the discretion of the featured shop owners. DIY craft and downloadable projects are for guidance and personal usage only. The staff of dashing and it’s publishers will not be held responsible, for any disasters, due to individual reader’s own negligence when undertaking any of the projects published in dashing.

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EMMA GEMMA ELBIE

Our lovely CONTRIBUTORS

LIV

LISA

here are the talented and creative people who have helped contribute to this issue of dashing gemma milly illustrator

elbie van eeden hair and makeup

liv lundelius makeup artist

emma gibbs travel writer

lisa brown photographer

Gemma Milly is a portrait artist, wedding stationery designer, and founder of Gemma Milly Illustration. After training as an illustrator at Kingston University, she set up her design studio in leafy Hampshire, and now spends her days drawing pretty illustrations for editorial, jewellery and greetings cards. She also creates bespoke wedding stationery for blushing brides-to-be!

Elbie is a make-up artist, hairstylist, colourist, headpiece maker, propmaker, and all-round head-in-the-clouds creative. She’s inspired by shiny things, contrasts in paintings, objects that aren’t used for their original purpose. Firm believer in everything happens for a reason, and never throw anything away (shoot-wise).

Liv Lundelius is a London based make up artist working in fashion, editorial & beauty as well as in holistic bridal make up. Liv has a strong fashion design background and is known for her creativity. She finds beauty in all and is passionate about helping women finding their strengths and making everyone feeling confident and beautiful.

Emma is a travel writer and editor, and has contributed to number of books, including Make the Most of Your Time in Britain and The Rough Guide to Laos. She runs The Honeymoon Project, a website dedicated to honeymoon ideas and inspiration, and spends an inordinate amount of time daydreaming about far-flung places.

Lisa spends her days with a camera in one hand, and her husband’s hand in the other with an iPod between them. She loves capturing the world around her, whether its a secret smile, a warm embrace or a loving look. She also loves Lomo cameras, shopping for vinyl and warm apple cider on a winter’s day.

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reader love

Your comments

FACEBOOK/TWITTER lovely things you’ve been saying... okay, okay we know it’s a bit vain but we just couldn’t help it!

Finally got round to reading the tea article, amazing for an obsessed tea drinker.

A GORGEOUS ONLINE PUBLICATION, A MUST READ OF CREATIVE LOVELINESS :) @KBWeddings

heart full of tea

THE BEST E-MAG I’VE SEEN THUS FAR, AWESOME JOB LADIES! @brittanywade

D id you climb into our collective EE head and dig around for the best bits? electric eccentricity

YOUR MAGAZINE IS SO GORGEOUS! JUST HAD A PEEK ONLINE :-) SO WELL PUT TOGETHER!

It’s lovely and clearly a lot of hard work is being invested to make it relevant and engaging and awesome chloe at caught the light

JUST WANT TO SAY HOW AMAZING THE MAGAZINE IS, I’VE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING THAT LITERALLY HAS EVERYTHING I WANT IN ONE PLACE. @deadblackrose

@charisvallance

It’s great! I have been eagerly awaiting this 2nd issue and it’s even better than the 1st! I love it! Must dash and spread the word! naomi paget

So excited - love your magazine jannie baltzer

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dashing loves

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FREE! ) Y L R A E N ( E IN LIFE AR to enjoy life lot of money

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Writing an old fashioned letter using ink and paper t o reconnect with friends Having a in far away plac es. free makeoverent tm r at a depa rn store to lea s. some new tip Switching you phone off for r one whole da and realising y the w o r l d doesn’t Staying in f a ll apart! your PJs all day on Sunday, sometimes a girl just needs Showing comfort! appreciation to a friend by sending a thank you card in the post.

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do you have a favourite thing you like to do that is free? let us know at submissions@ dashingmag.com

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blog lovin’

WISH WISH WISH

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ooking for the blog that has it all? A sense of style and an all-round lovely read? Well, we’ve found the blog for you! Wish Wish Wish, is a very aptly named blog and is the online visual diary of fashion student Carrie Harwood, who documents her adventures in all things vintage style and beauty related. It’s adorned with pretty hand painted illustrations and the photography in every post is simply lush! Not to mention, browsing through Carrie’s daily ‘What I wore’ posts leaves us wishing we owned every item in her wardrobe and we’re pretty sure you will feel the same way too. Enjoy!

COOL HUNTING

this month’s

www.wishwishwish.net

BLOG LOVIN’

our top three picks of the loveliest blogs you should read this month

words fanni williams

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ometimes life gets so busy that the little things you once enjoyed like going to art galleries and museums, falls by the wayside. We believe it’s important for any artist to feed their creative soul and expand their world so we’ve found the perfect alternative in the name of Coolhunting.com. This aladdin’s cave of inspiration is curated by a group of editors from around the world and covers topics such as innovations in design, technology, arts and culture, style and even food and drink. Each entry

is eloquently written and the stunning visual imagery and products on review will keep you scrolling through the posts for hours on end. Updated on a daily basis, this award winning site is a definite must visit and a golden addition to anyone’s google reader. But Coolhunting.com isn’t just confined to viewing on your computer, they also have their own iPad app so you can immerse yourself in the wider arts and cultural community whilst you’re on the go. So what else are you waiting for? Inspiration is just a click away.

www.coolhunting.com

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BY FRYD

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y Fryd is a blog owned by Norwegian creative interior designer Jeanette Lunde and is filled with everything you need to be inspired for your next home creative craft project. Each post is simple and beautifully composed as if it were poetry and the photographs showcase loads of white interiors filled with pops of colour. In addition to her blog Jeanette also designs her very own online photography-led lifestyle magazine, called BY FRD1 and runs a lovely little shop where you can buy some of her pretty typographic prints.

www.byfryd.com

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DASHING Out! charley beard finds out how people are dashing out in style to start their day!

the occasion

LISA POTTER-DIXON head

makeup & trend artist (and brow expert for benefit ) cosmetics uk & ireland

ipad app My favourite app is Transfer, I can take pics on my iPhone and then transfer them immediately to my iPad to see them larger or edit them. It’s so handy when doing make up and at fashion shows or shoots.

Today I’m off to beautify the editors for the Elle style awards. It’s a super glam event with lots of high profile celebs, so I have packed lots of Benefit lashes as I’m sure these will be in high demand!

THE KIT iPad, yoga mat & Benefit make up kit

the job I heart my job! It is super creative and differs from day to day. One day I may be doing the make up for a photo shoot or a fashion show, the next I am creating new looks and predicting next seasons trends. It’s the spontaneity of my job that I thrive on!

THE BAG This was a lovely gift from Follie Follie when I did an event with them!

www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

the outfit are you a creative based in london and would like to feature in dashing out? write to us at info@ dashingmag.com

Shoes: Chie Mihara Leggings: American Apparel Shorts: vintage Levi’s Shirt: vintage Jacket: H&M Watch: Michael Kors Bracelette: Disaya Fur Collar: Vintage 1920s

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dashing lookbook

BUTTER ME UP

Brassica Butter Dish from Anthropologie £20 www.anthropologie.eu

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RECIP-EASE

Just Picked Recipe Cards by Rifle Paper Co from Anthropologie £12 www.anthropologie.eu

lov lovee love ACE APRON

Proud To Lick Cake Bowls Apron £19.75 www.notonthehighstreet.com

Kit Out Your compiled by charley beard

JUST MY TYPE

My Coffee Kraft by The Leoplas from Keep Calm Gallery £18 www.keepcalmgallery.com

LOVERAMICS MIX TEA SPOONS

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from Heals £7 each www.heals.co.uk

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PAPER PRETTY

Paper Placemats from Oliver Bonas £4.50 www.oliverbonas.com


CHALK ‘N SPICE

Chalkboard Spice Jar from Anthropologie £8 each www.anthropologie.eu

AN APPLE A DAY

Apple A Day by The Lepolas from Keep Calm Gallery £18 www.keepcalmgallery.com

CHOP CHOP!

Cloud Bread Board from Magpie Miller £18 www.magpiemiller.co.uk

KITCHEN! from pretty vintage inspired pieces to retro pops of colour here are dashing’s favourite picks

GET FRUITY!

ALBERTUS FLASKS from Berry Red £20 www.berryred.co.uk

Tupperware Fruit Set from Oliver Bonas £8 www.oliverbonas.com

LOVE & CAKE!

Love and Cake Oven Mitt £16 Of Cabbages and Kings by Stuart Gardiner www.culturelabel.com

classic retro

GREASY SPOON STYLE Tomato Squeeze £4 www.oliverbonas.com

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dashing finds

this month’s

up in the air somewhere

ETSY EXHIBIT

introducing you to delightful shops from around the world, all shipping to the uk

words josie hendrick

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ompiling this Etsy feature for you our beloved readers is mighty challenging at times because sometimes we find a shop where we want everything. up in the air somewhere is one such shop.

These homeware pieces by shop owner Susan Dwyer are inspired by Chicagoan industrial architecture and the divine pastel hues feel perfect for spring. You can find out more about Susan’s work over at her blog.

www.etsy.com/shop/upintheairsomewhere www.upintheairsomewhere.blogspot.com

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orgeous little hand made purses from Japan. We’re into dots and spots almost as much as stripes so how could we not fall head over heels in love with these?

www.etsy.com/shop/humoresque

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rankbunny is an animation director by day and paper puppet magic rabbit fish at night.’ Oooh how intriguing no? You can find out more about the company behind the 3D pop up cards, paper puppets, personalized custom greeting cards, hand cut-out paper toys and other nostalgic novelty craft items by checking out their blog.

www.etsy.com/shop/crankbunny

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That’s so DASHING our selection of this issue’s dashing finds

words charley beard, josie hendrick photography fanni williams

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#1

foxy scarf Who needs the real deal, we love this cute and cosy scarf by Donna Wilson ÂŁ47 www.donnawilson.com


#2

chevron print paper bags The perfect little paper bag for handing out treats at parties and weddings. www.peachblossom.co.uk


#3

herringbone ipad cover Look after your gadgets in style. We love this iPad Cover case from Stash on Etsy. ÂŁ48.58 www.etsy.com/shop/MariForssell


#4

glitter brogues Multi-coloured. Glitter. Brogues. Need we say more? ÂŁ32 www.topshop.com


#5

polaroid camera Get snap happy with the Polaroid 300 instant camera ÂŁ69.99 www.amazon.co.uk


#6

keep cups Barista standard and eco friendly. Ideal for your morning cuppa commute. Price from ÂŁ6.80 www.keepcup.com


#7

japanese washi tape We love this pretty patterned masking tape for it’s versatility. Everyone should have a roll to hand. www.pipii.co.uk


giveaway

PRIZE WORTH 0 OVER ÂŁ8

prize includes: e

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DASHING READER GIVEAWAY Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Not us! OK so it may not be a lunch as such but Dashing has got together with some of our favourite and most generous friends to giveaway a fantastic goodie bag for one very lucky Dashing reader to win! The prize is worth over £80, so to be in with a chance of winning simply follow these steps: Head on over to the Dashing Facebook page and hit that ‘like’ button (yes we know it’s bribery!) Leave a comment over on the Dashing blog telling us which of the items in the goodie bag is particularly taking your fancy. Closing date for entries:

30th MARCH 2012

Terms and Conditions: Competition is open to United Kingdom residents only. Winner will be chosen at random and the judges decision is final. No further correspondence will be entered into. All items included in the prize are brand new and shall be accepted as seen. Prize will be sent by first class post and we’ll require winner’s address but it will not be used anywhere else. Winner must claim their prize within two weeks of announcement or it will be offered to another entrant chosen at random.

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tattoo art

Inked up

BODY ART

tattoos, but not as you know them...

interview by josie hendrick

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photography www.amandawachob.com


PAINT DRIPS ERLY BRUSH AND STROKE S

hances are you either like tattoos or you don’t. Just like cat people vs dog people tattoos seem to be something you kind of intrinsically know if you’re into or not. We’ve come a long way since the days of pin up girls on sailors so if that’s not your bag there’s plenty of other tattoo options and plenty of decent tattoo artists who can turn you into a walking piece of art. But we doubt any can possibly be quite as avant garde or just sheer creative as Amanda Wachob. I wish this woman lived in London. Born and currently residing in New York City Amanda is working on re-imagining the tattoo form as a fine art, and succeeding we say. Whether you are personally into tattoos or not you have to admit Amanda’s work is eye catching and unique in a way not really seen in body art. A true explorative artist Amanda isn’t just about the body as a canvas. This is what she has to say…

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‘I am working on a new series of tattooed blood oranges now. But there is a theme that runs through most of my work ~ tattooing doesn’t just have to be on skin.  Whether it’s tattooed fruit, leather...or using tattoo needles to make prints.  The tools and materials can be used to create art.  I’d like to stretch what people think is possible and approach the medium from a conceptual standpoint.’ And we will be bringing you more of Amanda’s work in a rather special blog post coming soon so don’t forget to keep your eye out for that over this way…

www.dashingmag.com/blog We love to hear what you think. To tattoo or not to tattoo and would you have something along the lines of Amanda’s work if it were possible? Drop us a line at info@dashingmag.com and let us know.

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tattoo art

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Dashing INK some of our favourite tattoos from our readers‌

Pilar

Josie Hendrick www.ohyouprettythingsuk.blogspot.com/

http://meetmy-tommygun.livejournal.com/

Evangeline Montgomery Marianne Taylor

Judith Hammond

if you have a tattoo you think we might like, send us a pic! submissions@ dashingmag.com

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Pastel

PARADISE these good enough-to-eat candy coloured pastels have us watering at the mouth and daydreaming of summer days.

photography fanni williams styling josie hendrick hair/make up liv lundelius model alicia whitfield

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SILVER TOP Topshop APRICOT SHORTS Topshop PINK BOW HEELS (stylist’s own)


PINK SHIRT TOP, MINT SHORTS, TEAL PUMPS Primark SOCKS Topshop PAPER DECORATIONS Pearl & Earl


LILAC LACE DRESS H&M WHITE DETAILED BROGUES Primark SOCKS Topshop


dashing lookbook

PINK ROBERTS REVIVAL RADIO £160

www.robertsradio.co.uk

PINK HEART DOILIES £4.95

www.pipii.co.uk

ROCK’N RETRO TUNES

MUSTE HAV

Pastel

PERFECTION! at this time of year a little pastel is essential...

DRAMA QUEEN MUG £9.50

www.oliverbonas.co.uk

WE LOVE

compiled by josie hendrick

BORN LIPPY LIP BALM £2

www.thebodyshop.co.uk

ZIG ZAG COTTON PILLOW CASES from £12

VOILET SATCHEL £82

www.tonderandtonder.co.uk

www.paperchase.co.uk

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inspiration

JUST MY

TYPE dashing catches up with designer dan cassaro for a quick chat about his work http://twitter.com/YoungJerks http://www.youngjerks.com

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Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I’m a designer and illustrator and a guy who likes to make black and white type. I grew up outside New York City in Long Island and now live in Brooklyn. I love New York City and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Maybe Portland? Everything closes at like 8pm there though. Weird. What inspires your creative process? I have the same old grab bag of design and typography greats that I fell in love with at school and continue to look up to. Michael Manoogian pretty much has

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my dream portfolio. I think it’s important to try and pull from things that go deeper than an aesthetic level. Bruce Springsteen’s music is good because it sounds great and is fun to sing along to but there is something happening on a much more visceral level. I think it’s good to try to create work from that angle instead of just trying to make visually pleasing images. You don’t want to be making graphic design elevator music you know?

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What’s the most rewarding project you have worked on so far and why? I recently had a chance to go to Wisconsin and work with Lands’ End on some really exciting stuff. I kind of fell in love. It was so refreshing to work for a brand with such a rich history and group of people so comitted to the company. I think I did some of my best work while I was there and I feel that a big part of that was how welcoming and helpful the client was. There is probably a life lesson somewhere in there.

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Tell us about your 50/50 project and how it came about? I love to travel and try to do it as much as possible. But my girlfriend and I have been taking at least one big road trip every year. During these trips I started noticing all the mottos when we passed from state to state. I was surprised at how few of them I knew, but also how weird some of them were. I knew I wanted to do something with it. My original plan was to illustrate them all myself but I soon realized that it would just be too much work. I started to think it would be much cooler if I could get 50 designers from 50 different states to do their own motto. I wanted to make this sort of designers atlas. I was really blown away by some of the submissions. I curated it, but that was pretty much it. I gave everyone the colours and the dimensions and then they took it from there. The response was unbelievable. We got write ups in Print Magazine and the New Yorker and a ton of other great publications. It was really rewarding.

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Are you college trained or self-taught? I learned how to use the computer at college but did a lot of “self-teaching” too. College is very important if you want to become a designer, but I think the stuff that you do on your own time is when you learn the most. march/april issue : dashing

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Colour or black and white? Black and white! I think there’s a honesty to making things black and white that crazy colours can sometimes obscure. Some say that the true test of a song is whether or not you can play it on an acoustic guitar. In the same way, I think that a good design should hold up in monotone. I only half serious about this though. The truth is I’m just not very good at picking colours.

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Take it easy, but TAKE IT.” Woody Guthrie didn’t give this quote to me directly, but he kind of gave it to all of us and I just love it. It helps me remember the balance of working hard at your job but also working hard at your life outside your job. You have to show up and work hard and stay late. That stuff is not a secret. But at the same time you can’t take yourself too seriously. Remember to have laughs and stay connected to the world outside your computer.

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What are you listening to right now? A lot of Leon Russell lately. He is an amazing piano player and interpreter of musical history. Guys like him are what makes American music great. Have you heard his cover of George Harrison’s “Beware of Darkness”? I can’t stop listening to it. So good. What’s next for Young Jerks? I don’t know! I’d like to design a classic rock laser light show. Or a watch. Or a desk. I want to take another road trip in my camper. And start running. I want to run the NYC Marathon next year. Look for me in the Marathon next year. I’m going to be dressed like a giant kitty cat. march/april issue : dashing

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Colour me

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PRETTY dashing caught up with illustrator jessica singh for a quick q&a about her work http://jessicasingh.com www.facebook.com/jessica.singh.illustration www.twitter.com/itsjustjessi

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Tell us about yourself, where you’re from and what you do? I’m a freelance illustrator currently living and working in Melbourne. I mostly draw colourful and patterned female portraits!

by other illustrators - there’s another Melbourne illustrator here called Beci Orpin who does amazing amazing stuff - and she’s super nice! My favourite illustrators at the moment would have to be Beci Orpin, Fiona Hewitt and Tasha Kusama.

What drives your creativity on a daily basis? I’m most of all inspired by music first and foremost! Especially lyrics from my favourite songs. There’s something about the energy of discovering a new song and new lyrics that resonate with your soul! My favourite artists are Bjork, Radiohead, Cocorosie, Patrick Wolf, Sufjan Stevens and Die Antwoord. All inspiring and powerful music artists! I also am heavily inspired

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What’s the most rewarding project you have worked on so far and why? At the moment I’m working on a major campaign which involves designing and illustrating lots of different elements! Unfortunately I can’t reveal what it is as of yet but I’ve really enjoyed the challenge so far - as it’s my largest commercial project to date, and I’m sure I’ll be super proud of it once it’s complete.

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Are you college trained or self-taught? Initially I was self taught. I’ve been drawing since highschool and got my first tablet when I was 16, and it kind of spiralled from there. All my photoshop and computer skills are self taught... I used to be inspired by manga and anime fan art. After I kind of realised this is what I want to do forever, and I was falling into a rut I thought it would be pretty rad to study illustration properly. I attended Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London from 07-09 completing a BA of graphic design (major in illustration). It was truly the best thing I’ve done to date! The most inspiring thing about it was meeting all the other brilliant minds there, and it really did expand my mind. It was super intense in terms of conceptual and analytical thinking applied to illustration.

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Colour or black and white? Colour!! All the way. I wish I could do just black and white like so many others, but unfortunately I lack the ability to be succinct! I love colour, lots and lots of it!

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Tea or coffee? I love both actually! I’ll have to say tea because there are so many awesome flavours, except all I’ve been drinking lately is soy chai lattes (because otherwise I can’t get out of bed).

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If you look outside your window right now... what do you see? A big apartment block with lots of windows.. small birds flying around. And this flourescent installation of emus and kangaroos.. haha that march/april issue : dashing

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sounds pretty Australian. My window basically over looks this rat filled alley, but it’s awesome. I threw confetti on some drunk person that was puking once!

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What’s the one thing you can’t live without? This is kind of lame, but the internet probably.

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What’s the next big thing for Jessica Singh? As mentioned before I’m working on a campaign which I’ll put up on my website soon! As well as some other top secret stuff.. I’m sorry it’s all I can say right now! But please keep checking www.jessicasingh.com for updates!


Floral

BEAUTY dashing caught up with photographer ella ruth cowperthwaite for a quick q&a about her work www.ellaruthc.daportfolio.com

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Tell us about yourself, where you’re from and what you do? I’m a photographer, an artist, a student and a dreamer. I take photographs on a freelance part time basis alongside a full time psychology degree and I’m preparing myself to launch into photography full time once my degree is over. Currently I live in rainy England, across three different towns and I’m making plans to soon travel the world. All in all I am a day dreamer at heart with a wild imagination and a camera at my eye.

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What drives your creativity on a daily basis? My mind! When left without distractions I end up diving

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into the chaotic creativity inside my head. I’ve always been artistic, and I think that the more I create the more the ideas and creative vision keep on coming.

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What were the inspirations behind “this” shoot? The inspiration behind the shoot was to capture the simple beauty of the female form in a hushed and dreamy way. It was inspired by new beginnings and opening up the self.

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Canon or Nikon? Nikon, though I doubt there is any real difference between the brands.


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Film or Digital? I shoot digital simply because I love being able to shoot unlimited numbers of photographs and capture every moment worth capturing, but I’m always in awe of beautiful film photographs. Film is definitely something I’d like to try.

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What would be your ‘dream’ shoot? or who would be your ‘dream’ person to photograph? At the moment I’d love to shoot in a rooftop garden with pots of tumbling flowers everywhere. I don’t really have a dream person to photograph, but I do want to continue to shoot portraits of my closest friends. I’ve been taking photographs of them

since I first started out and looking back through the images and seeing how we’ve changed since we begun is really fascinating.

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Are you university trained or self taught? Self taught, 100%. I am doing a university degree, but for that I study psychology, not photography. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? If it makes you happy, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t. What’s the one thing you can’t live with out? Imagination.

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Photography & styling Ella Ruth Cowperthwaite • Model & makeup Molly Cowperthwaite


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FRESHLYPICKED PALE PINK RANUNCULUS

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WHAT BETTER EXCUSE TO SPRUCE UP YOUR DESK THAN WITH A SIMPLE AND SEASONAL FLORAL CENTREPIECE USING LOCALLY FOUND FOLIAGE. THE GENIUS TEAM AT EAST END EVENT FLORISTS, REBEL REBEL SHOW YOU HOW TO PUT TOGETHER THE PERFECT ‘JUST PICKED FROM THE COUNTRY GARDEN’ ARRANGEMENT FOR UNDER £15! www.rebelrebel.co.uk words charley beard photography fanni williams

REBEL TOP TIPS FROM REBEL  Have confidence and play around, there’s no right or wrong!  Cut woody stems on a diagonal with a split up the middle  Remove all leaves that sit below the water line  Be bold with trimming, cut at varying heights  Work around your arrangement in a spiral  Cluster similar shades and flowers together  When finished lift the stems out a little so they fall back naturally.

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THE PREPARATION

STEP ONE

Before starting, cut all woody stems on the diagonal and then create a small slit up the stem to allow for maximum water absorption, you shouldn’t need to cut soft stems. Try and trim at varying heights to create a natural structure to create more texture.

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Start by adding each stem to the arrangement in a spiral and build it up this way, like you would if you were putting together a handtied bouquet.

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Keep adding stems until you are happy with it! If it looks a little unbalanced you can remove stems or re-adjust their placing.

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Strip flowers of their leaves so that the beautiful heads remain and make sure any leaves that will sit below the water level from the foliage are removed so not to make the water murky.

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Try and balance it out by adding both flowers with big and small heads and foliage with big and small leaves as a nice mix and cluster together little groups of 2 or 3 flowers.

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Once you are finished gather together all the stems and give it a little lift out the jar so that it falls down in a natural shape. If you are giving it as a gift, tie some ribbon around the kilner jar et voila!

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interview

From baking to

BUSINESS

mismatched vintage china and mouth watering cupcakes, dashing talks to miss bake-a-boo about her business interview by josie hendrick photography fanni williams

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WHERE DOES THE BAKE-A-BOO STORY BEGIN ?

I studied product development at The London College of Fashion, and I used to make lots of things and sell them at craft fairs and markets – I used to bake cupcakes at my stalls and I also used to host quarterly tea parties at my house for friends and family to come and see and buy the things that I made and always had tea and cakes and I would end up getting orders for cakes too. A farmers market opened near my house so I gave it a go and I had a stall there for 3 years, and did other markets too. However early into this I found out I was gluten and dairy intolerant, so I started making cakes without gluten and dairy just so I could have a treat as back then, 9-10 years ago there wasn’t really any range of gluten and dairy free products.

I got approached by investors to mass produce these ‘free from’ treats and with the response at the stall, by demand I created egg and sugar free treats as well. I didn’t end up working with the investors but I did a lot of work and research with them and had therefore put the groundwork into starting my own business. The opportunity of my shop came up and I just went for it! I may have been mad because I was only 24 and I borrowed every single penny from the bank and quit my job in fashion! Though fast forward 6 years later and bake-a-boo is still going strong.

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WHY THE NAME BAKE-A-BOO?

I am known as ‘boo’ by lots of people now, but my older sister has always called me boo from when I was little. So we came up with baker boo because I was boo and I was the baker. Although I

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loved the way it sounded I didn’t like how it looked when it was written so I changed it to bake-a-boo!

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YOU’RE DOING REALLY WELL, WHAT’S THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS DO YOU THINK? Like every business bake-a-boo has its ups and downs, and I have had some really hard times, but I am proud that we have lasted, especially on a notoriously difficult street. I am just very determined, I can’t remember my life before bake-a-boo so I can’t imagine my life without it – there is some drive or force that gets me up every morning, whether I am tired, sick or just not in the mood – I’m going to get up! bake-a-boo is kind of like my child! We have never paid for advertising in 6 years

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we have just been lucky to have had the word spread and to have got some lovely bits of press unexpectedly. I don’t think there are any secrets to success, all it is hard work, determination, always believing, both in yourself and your product/brand and I guess simply just being able to smile no matter what!

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MY CAKES NEVER RISE PROPERLY, WHY NOT EH?!

Having the right sized tin specified and following instructions is important if you are not confident in your baking. I also believe in really taking care of the cake, putting love into each stage! Beating the mixture adds springiness to your sponge but you can also over beat mixtures which can make them dip when cooking, so it’s getting that balance


right. Also always make sure your oven is preheated to the right temperature.

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AND FINALLY, RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS IS NOTORIOUSLY CHALLENGING, BUT YOU SEEM TO MAKE IT LOOK SO EASY! HAVE YOU EVER REALLY STRUGGLED AND THOUGHT YOU’D HAVE TO GIVE UP? It’s never easy! I get people writing to me all the time saying they dream of opening a shop or starting a business like mine and what advice can I give them. Just because the shop looks like a dolls house, the reality of it is very different! I have had huge battles here both financially and health wise – I got diagnosed with ME and was exhausted and weak and signed off work for 6 weeks,

which I obviously could never do. In fact I’m still waiting for that 6 week break! I’m better now, but never really 100% and there have been times I have cried into cupcakes and wanted to give up. We got broken into when I was in the kitchen of the shop one evening which was traumatic as I didn’t feel safe at work anymore. Having the confidence and the strength to be a good boss and manage a team can be a struggle, especially because I’m ‘too nice’ but you live and learn. If all else fails there is always heated rollers and red lipstick – I always try to make it ‘look’ effortless even when inside it’s a complete nightmare. I guess lippy and curls are my secret! 86 Mill Lane, West Hampstead, London NW6 1NL

www.bake-a-boo.com

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Knickerbocker

GLORY

we all know it’s what’s underneath that counts. indulge in the prettiest handmade ooh la la lingerie. words & styling charley beard photography fanni williams

e all have our staples such as the good old t-shirt bra and the M&S boy shorts but sometimes a girl deserves to feel pretty, even if it’s just for herself. Whilst you may feel there are limited places to buy affordable, pretty and non tacky underwear - quietly bubbling away on the UK scene are up and coming designers specialising in bespoke and handmade lingerie. From lace, to gingham, liberty print to silk we’ve put together a Dashing collection of our favourites.

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RIVIERA KNICKER Miss Crofton £18.50 ’LOVED BY’ ELIZABETH Hannah Dulcie £29.50 SATIN BLACK POLKA DOT KNICKERS Christina Ruth £19


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FLIRT [COTTON] TIE SIDE KNICKERS Love Baby Grand £24

We know you’ve been fastening the clasp on your bra since you were 13 years old, but actually, do you really know how to do it properly? Thought not... however under-crackers expert and blogger Cheryl from Invest in Your Chest tells us girls her little secret tips for how to try on and wear your bra properly...

www.investinyourchest.co.uk

SEXY SEETHROUGH PINK Miss Crofton £18.50 MEADOW [SILK/ COTTON MIX] RUFFLE Love Baby Grand £24 PINK POLKA KNICKER Miss Crofton £17.50


The perfect fit When putting a bra on for the first time (and every time!) You should hook the back, back on yourself on the loosest hook and eye fastening. It should feel firm but not uncomfortable. Next pull the straps up over your shoulders, making sure they are not too tight or loose. A general rule is that you should be able to slide two fingers easily under the strap. The straps should not dig in or make red marks; they should only support a small fraction of the weight of your breasts.

FLEUR [COTTON] Love Baby Grand £32 PINK POLKA BRA Miss Crofton £20 FLIRT [COTTON] TIE FRONT BRA Love Baby Grand £32 SEXY SEE THROUGH MESH PINK BRA Miss Crofton £21.50


RACY, D LACY AN BOLD

The scoop & grab!

This method is the one I personally find easiest, as the second often involves a bit of this anyway. Basically when you have your bra on as described on previous page, many people would stop there. In order for your breasts to be fully encased in the cup you should pull all your breast up and into the cup… all the soft tissue from under the armpits too! Literally scoop and grab your flesh into the cup. You may find your cup is more filled up than before (or overfilled!) you may even find you need a cup size up!

SEXY SEE THROUGH MESH BRA NAVY Miss Crofton £21.50 WALLFLOWER LACE BRA Christina Ruth £30 CECILIA 100% COTTON BRA Miss Crofton £25 (£45 for Set) BLACK LACE WITH PINK SATIN BOW Christina Ruth £30


The scoop & jiggle! Starting at stage one, lean forward, grab the bottom of your under-wires and give your breasts and jiggle, moving all the tissue forward into the cup. If you still have a bit of flesh under the armpit area, feel free to have a bit of a ‘scoop and grab’. You will definitely (I promise!) notice the difference when you adopt one (or both) of these steps. You will feel more supported, you may even feel you need to change your cup size. This is one of the crucial steps when you have a fitting… but it is probably one of the most important things you could learn about getting the most out of your bra.

BONBON [SHEER SILK] TIE SIDE Love Baby Grand £29 WALLFLOWER & LACE Christina Ruth £29.00 AUDREY KNICKER Miss Crofton £20 SEXY SEE THROUGH NAVY Miss Crofton £18.50


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words charley beard hair & makeup elbie van eeden photography fanni williams model madison coupland

The basic backcomb

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The section you’re holding must remain taut throughout. Use a brush or a fine toothed comb and as close to the roots as possible gently pull it through the hair and drag downwards to the scalp.

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Always make sure when you reach the bottom, to take the comb out and repeat, don’t go up and down with the comb! Make sure the focus stays on the roots, don’t go higher than 10cm from the scalp, to prevent it from getting messy. Repeat this until you have sufficient volume in each section.

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When you’ve done enough sections, flip hair back and brush the top gently to neaten.

With the end of a comb, poke into the ‘bump’ to tease the hair up a little to increase it’s volume then spritz again with hairspray.

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Curl hair with a curling tong or straighteners to create loose waves. Take the top section of hair at the back from the crown, leaving out a section at the front either side behind the ears.

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IRREGU AR CHOICL E

shop

MY FAVOURITE words charley beard photography lisa brown

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Just beautiful shoes, what more can I say!

name sarah rajabalee age 30 occupation social media executive favourite word yikes!

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Irregular Choice is a shoe shop of fresh, fun footwear for non-conformists. Since opening the first shop in Brighton their creative and individual designs are now popular worldwide.

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CHINA TOWN, LONDON

address china town, london name carmen yuen-stevenson age 29 occupation wedding planner – carmen weddings favourite film the kite runner

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Chinatown is a buzzing area in Soho which is full of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, souvenir shops and other Chinese led businesses.

China Town in London. It’s a nod to my roots as my family is from Hong Kong and I love to people watch and it’s a great place to do that!


THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY

address 11 mare street, hackney, london, e8 4rp name sarah louise young age 30 occupation web content + social media officer + v&a shop favourite song gold dust woman by fleetwood mac

A curiosity shop, based on the 17th century but in the 21st century which is full of objects assembled at a whim on the basis of their aesthetic or historical appeal. You can spend hours looking at all the curiosities there and the staff are really friendly, so it’s great place to pop in every so often.

I have a slight obsession with taxidermy, skulls and anything quirky and this shop is incredible. I’d love to work there!

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travel

CORNWALL

this month’s

DASHING DISCOVERS spring is here! time for a mini getaway. words emma gibbs

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t’s time to blow away those winter cobwebs – the countryside is bursting into colour, the days are getting longer, and it’s actually possible to spend time outside without losing feeling in your toes. Here’s my pick of the best springtime breaks in the UK, all of which are perfect for leisurely walks, lots of fresh air, and making the most of that lovely spring weather.

www.thehoneymoonproject.com

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the lugger

The little fishing village of Portloe is impossibly picturesque, and is ideally placed for walking part (or all, if you’re enthusiastic) of the Cornish Coastal Footpath, down into quiet coves and over flower-filled meadows. And there’s no better place to retreat at the end of the day than The Lugger, idyllically placed right at the edge of the small harbour. From £130 a night.

www.luggerhotel.co.uk


mainoaks

Set among eighty acres of wild pastureland, at the mouth of a beautiful gorge beside the River Wye, the wonderfully restored cottages at Mainoaks provide the perfect place from which to explore the lovely Wye Valley. All of the gorgeous cottages come with wood-burning stoves, so you can keep cosy even if those pesky April showers show up. From £368 a week.

WYE VALLEY

www.mainoaks.co.uk

BUCKINGH AMSHIRE

SCOTLAND ard daraich

Ard Daraich’s position alone is enough to warrant a stay – sitting on the shores of Loch Linnhe, this charming B&B commands views over Ben Nevis and Glen Coe – but it’s the spectacular eight-acre hill garden that makes a spring visit here so appealing. Spend your days winding through the vibrant grounds, down on the beach, or just marvelling at the peace and quiet. From £75 a night.

www.arddaraich.co.uk

hartwell house

It’s hard to believe Hartwell House is just an hour from London, set as it is within an astonishing ninety acres of landscaped parkland. Once you can drag yourself away from the sumptuous rooms and have explored every inch of the glorious gardens, there’s still plenty of places within easy reach for springtime walks, from the pictureperfect villages of the Cotswolds to the rolling green Chiltern Hills. From £290 a night..

www.hartwell-house.com

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baby names

DASHING babes

the baby name game explained by mama bloggers words josie hendrick

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ith one of our co-editors mere weeks from dropping her first sprog and the feedback we get from you lovely readers, we know you enjoy our Dashing Babes section (whether you have kids or not)! This issue we’ve brought you something extra special and contacted a few of our favourite bloggers to get them to tell us how they chose their children’s names.

DESIGN MOM PEONIES & PEARLS

A CUP OF JO

When we found out we were expecting a boy my husband and I started brainstorming baby names, and almost immediately we agreed on a name: Toby. My husband, who is a writer, loved the nod to his favorite author, Tobias Wolff. And my friend had told me a funny way to try out a potential baby name: The Blind Date Test. "Pretend someone says to you, 'Want to meet my friend Toby?' " she told me, "Would you want to meet him?" Yes, I thought, Toby sounds like a good guy. Our decision was made. Joanna www.joannagoddard.blogspot.com

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I guess you would classify the names Ben Blair and I chose for our babies as old-school! We’ve always been enamored with names from our grandparents’ generation, especially the ones that had been handed down proudly a few times already. It was important to us that our children's names fit them for a lifetime, from that sweet-smelling baby stage through the hopefully not-so-terrible teens and on to the period of time when they’re parents, too. A dad named Ralph Blair will surely be taken seriously by his daughter’s boyfriends, don’t you think? It may sound funny, but we honestly imagined each baby growing to a lovely old age, playing canasta in the afternoons, drinking lemonade, and laughing easily in between spirited conversations about grandchildren and their own dear mom and dad… We just wanted names to fit that afternoon. Danielle www.designmom.com

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Adelle Frejus We wanted something unusual but also representative of us as parents. We're of Welsh/Lithuanian nationality so Cai was the perfect name choice for us.  It's Welsh, uncommon, can't be shortened, translates to Lithuanian and a name we both actually agreed on!  We loved it's meaning too, rejoice, we certainly did when our little boy came into the world. Adelle www.peoniesandpearls.co.uk

photograph of adelle by www.eddiejuddphotography.com

Joanna Goddard

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baby room

Fabric

EMBROIDERY crafts words + photography josie hendrick

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he simplest way to update your walls without paint or wallpaper is to buy embroidery fabric hoops in different sizes and then purchase patterned fabrics in the colours of choice. Place the hoops over the fabric, cut around and voila your own personalised wall art.

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